Intrepid Aviators: The True Story of U.S.S. Intrepid's Torpedo Squadron 18 and Its Epic Clash With the Superbattleship Musashi

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On the morning of October 24, 1944, in the Sibuyan Sea amidst the Philippine Islands, VT-18, a close-knit squadron of six young American torpedo bomber pilots, departed the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid on a search and destroy mission. Their target: the super-battleship Musashi, the pride of the Imperial Japanese Navy. The pilots were tasked with preventing the immense enemy warship and the huge naval armada of which she was a part from inflicting unspeakable damage on the transports and supply ships that were ...

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Intrepid Aviators: The American Flyers Who Sank Japan's Greatest Battleship

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On the morning of October 24, 1944, in the Sibuyan Sea amidst the Philippine Islands, VT-18, a close-knit squadron of six young American torpedo bomber pilots, departed the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid on a search and destroy mission. Their target: the super-battleship Musashi, the pride of the Imperial Japanese Navy. The pilots were tasked with preventing the immense enemy warship and the huge naval armada of which she was a part from inflicting unspeakable damage on the transports and supply ships that were supporting the American amphibious landings within nearby Leyte Gulf. Little did these young men know that they had embarked on the opening rounds of history’s greatest—and last—epic naval battle.

Two bomber crews launched in the first wave of attackers were shot out of the sky. Only pilot Will Fletcher survived the crash landing. Adrift at sea, Will made his way to land and escaped into the jungles of the Philippines, where he eluded capture by the Japanese with the help of Filipino guerrillas and joined their ranks against their common enemy.

Intrepid Aviators is the thrilling true story of the brave bomber pilots, their daring duel with the Musashi, and Will Fletcher’s struggle to survive as a guerrilla soldier. The sinking of Musashi inflicted a crucial blow in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, and would mark the first time in history that aviators had sunk a Japanese battleship on the high seas.

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"Intepid Aviators stands out from more standard historical treatments of World War II...this book is an impressive production."—Knoxville News Sentinel

"The author is to be congratulated for his effective introduction to naval warfare and the men who were doing the fighting. For anyone who wonders why Navy pilots were so good in the last half of the war, this book provides a detailed answer...this book is a must read."—St. Joseph News-Press

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  • ISBN-13: 9780451236968
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/3/2012
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory G. Fletcher served as a naval aviator from 1969 to 1974, and is now a practicing attorney. He is the son of USS Intrepid pilot Will Fletcher, who was awarded a Navy Cross of heroism for his actions in World War II.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 In the Philippine Sea 1

Chapter 2 In California 53

Chapter 3 In Hawaii 80

Chapter 4 In Lingga Roads 123

Chapter 5 In the Middle Latitudes 145

Chapter 6 In the Visayas 171

Chapter 7 Over Luzon 185

Chapter 8 Over Formosa 207

Chapter 9 In the Sibuyan Sea 227

Chapter 10 On Strike 2 Able 238

Chapter 11 On Strike 2 Baker 259

Chapter 12 On Strike 2 Charlie 265

Chapter 13 Off Banton and Cape Engano 279

Chapter 14 Off Banton and Luzon 303

Chapter 15 On Panay 326

Epilogue 366

Acknowledgments 370

Appendix of Awards 372

Bibliography 377

Source Notes 385

Index 410

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    true story, autohistorical....

    true story, autohistorical....

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